The completion of the utility relocation work that is currently scheduled will allow CSX to close Virginia Avenue between 3rd Street and 4th Street in the near future, for the duration of the project. Based on the best information we have available, we expect to close the 300 block of Virginia Avenue to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic during the week of Nov. 30, following the Thanksgiving holiday. The temporary sidewalks and driveways connecting Capitol Quarters’ entryways to 3rd and 4th Street will be completed before the street is closed, as well as the remaining stockade fence in that block. We will provide additional reminders about the street closure in advance of the work.
The information exhibits from the November quarterly VAT Open House are now available. The exhibits provide the best information available at this time regarding upcoming construction activities, street closures and completion of the temporary street decks on cross streets. The CSX team will be glad to answer any questions that may arise while you’re reviewing them.
The next VAT quarterly Open House will be held on January 28, 2016. Additional 2016 open house dates include April 14 and July 21.
Chuck Gullakson, chief project engineer for the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project, will host a monthly coffee meeting Wednesday, November 18, from 8-9 a.m. (registration begins at 7:30 a.m.) at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 140 L Street, S.E. Washington, D.C. At the meeting, Chuck and the project team will share project updates and answer questions from local residents and businesses.
Pepco has informed CSX that a daytime electricity outage will occur either Thursday, 11/19, or Friday, 11/20, as it completes the installation of a transformer in a new below-ground vault that has been constructed in the Capitol Quarters courtyard. This work will start during the day and continue until completion. This work is not expected to be disruptive to neighbors, but may entail bright lights if the project extends after dusk. Residents who will be affected by the outage can expect to receive notices from Pepco in advance. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience the work may cause.
DC Water will complete a night-time cut-over at the intersection of 2nd Street and Virginia Avenue overnight from Thursday, Nov. 19, to Fri., Nov. 20. This will entail saw cutting, equipment noise and lights. We do not expect Capitol Quarters residents will experience any interruption to water service, and CSX will take additional measures to mitigate the noise that this work may create. This work is completed at night at DC Water’s direction, to coincide with low points in overall water-system demand; CSX is not in a position to determine the timing. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause.
DC Water will complete an additional cut-over in 3rd Street north of Virginia Avenue, near the interstate overpass, during the week of Nov. 23 or Nov. 30. That work will entail saw cutting, equipment noise and lights, and will be conducted at night. We do not expect Capitol Quarters residents will experience any interruption to water service, and CSX will take additional measures to mitigate the noise that this work may create. This work is completed at night at DC Water’s direction, to coincide with low points in overall water-system demand; CSX is not in a position to determine the timing. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause.
CSX will share additional information about this work as soon as it is available.
DC Water customers in the 300 and 400 blocks of Virginia Avenue may experience a temporary outage tonight beginning at 10 p.m. Every effort will be made to minimize the time that water service is not available.
Due to the utility relocation work, there will be construction activity in the Capitol Quarters courtyard this evening, potentially creating some noise and brighter lights than normal. CSX will implement mitigation plans to limit impacts but some inconveniences will be unavoidable. We apologize in advance for any disturbance to our neighbors.
Pepco has informed CSX that customers in the Capital Quarters community may experience an electricity outage during the day on Thursday, November 19, while it installs a new electrical transformer. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. Residents can also expect to receive notice directly from Pepco in advance of the outage.
CSX will conduct limited construction work at several locations along the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project site this Saturday, November 14. Work will take place in the 400 block of Virginia Avenue, S.E., adjacent to the Marine Corps facility along the 500 block of Virginia Avenue, S.E. and east of 11th Street, S.E. No additional traffic detours or restrictions are required for these efforts. CSX does not anticipate that these activities will be disruptive to neighbors, and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience they may cause.
CSX will host a Virginia Avenue Tunnel project open house meeting today, November 12, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 140 L Street, S.E. Members of the CSX project team and representatives from our design and construction partner, Clark/Parsons, will be available to answer questions and to provide project updates. There will be no formal presentation. All community members are invited. We hope you’ll plan to join us.